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Friday, October 06, 2017

Until I joined Sparkpeople five years ago, I avoided lots of social and vacation situations due to how I felt about my weight. In my career as a teacher I was certainly around lots of other people, especially when I gave educational presentations to other teachers, but this was my livelihood, and I had no choice.

After finding Sparkpeople and several supportive teams, I began to venture out of my shell a bit. When I reached goal weight, I celebrated with a trip to Hawaii. My husband and I had always traveled quite a bit but I never wanted to be in the pictures. It’s kind of a shame that I have little photographic evidence of our earlier world travels! emoticon

I’ve re-gained weight and have been 12-15 pounds above goal for a couple of years. However, I no longer hide away. Recently we spent a couple of weeks in Hawaii, including a week with our daughter’s family, and there are hundreds of pictures. emoticon I am very grateful to Sparkpeople, and to my many Spark friends, for helping me change my attitude.

Never thought I’d have the nerve to zip line but my 11 year old grandson just assumed I’d join him and his father after snorkeling with them for 3 days. The last picture is my wonderful husband, who takes almost all the pictures!
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    Awesome pictures Marianne and even more awesome new attitude! emoticon
    1116 days ago

    Loved your blog because it's exactly how I feel when it comes to being in pictures. I admire that you have overcome that and some day I would like to over come that too. I'm not ready now, but you make me think I can be. You look lovely in your pics and it looks like you had a great time with the family.
    1116 days ago
    I love your blog. I am 3 pounds from leaving obesity behind. I will be in the overweight range of my BMI. My grandchild will be 6 months old soon. I hope I can zipline with her someday in the future, when she is older! I feel inspired by your words! You are doing great and having such fun! Enjoying life is better than hiding out. I am ready to emerge! You look positively svelte in your zipline straps contraption!
    1116 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/7/2017 10:34:24 AM
    Good for you. glad you are enjoying yourself now and not hiding in the shadows! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1116 days ago
    I am also so grateful to SP! It has helped me with my weight and without it I would not have met you! It has been so nice to spend time with you especially since you live in CA and we live in MI. Thank God for the RV Enthusiasts team where we got acquainted! As for you, I think you are beautiful (always have) and I am so glad you are feeling free to travel and be in pictures! I enjoyed your Hawaii pictures and loved your blog!
    1116 days ago
    What a great blog/pictures!
    1116 days ago
    Great photos! I hide by always being the photographer.
    1116 days ago
    I think your vacation looks so wonderful! Glad you are in the pictures too!!!
    1117 days ago
    WooHoo, well done.
    You and your family have a wonderful time, and beautiful photos.
    You and DH look great.

    Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1117 days ago
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    Great pictures Marianne! I am so glad to know you and to really enjoy you and hubby. Have a wonderful winter and hope we travel the same roads again soon!!
    1117 days ago
    Great blog look lovely and happy in all your pictures....even the zip-line ones emoticon
    Sad how we *hide* when we are overweight eh? Either we stay out of pictures altogether or we hide behind others or children...( well..LOL....thats what I do...)
    emoticon for sharing this and bravo on figuring out how to keep all the pictures upright. emoticon
    1117 days ago
    great pics I too the past 6 months or so think do what I want you only live once and you might as well enjoy it to the fullest I have even bought different( weird colors prints ) clothes to exercise in what makes me happy not worrying what people think but I think Mike think I have lost it lol enjoy your life to the fullest thank for sharing looks like you had a blast !
    1117 days ago
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